Van Rompuy: more dangerous than he looks
Shabby and secret dealings between member states last year made Herman Van Rompuy president of the European Council. At the time, he was mocked in Britain largely because he was unknown, mouse-like and, well, Belgian.
But last night in Berlin, Van Rompuy showed what he really is. And that is, a dangerous, cynical man who intends that all of Europe should be turned into a vast version of Belgium, an invented country called Europe where the loyal feelings and patriotism of the ancient nations are suppressed — all replaced with a European nationalism.
Last night Van Rompuy gave a speech in which he condemned ‘the danger of a new Euro-scepticism. This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries. In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion. It is a lie!’ [Note, I can’t think of any state in the world outside Burma and North Korea that imagines it can survive alone. What Van R is attacking is any country and any people who imagine they are equipped to run their own state without an undemocratic superstate being in control. Damn shocking, those Swiss.]
‘The biggest enemy of Europe today is fear. Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism and nationalism leads to war.’
‘Today’s nationalism is often not a positive feeling of pride in one’s own identity, but a negative feeling of apprehension of others.’
Tripe. And I have to call it tripe, because in Brussels, ‘nationalism’ is not nationalism as we understand it. The word is used instead to mean any expression of rational self-interest by one country. It is used to mean any preference by any citizen for their own homeland or culture or political system over others.
Remember, the European Commission is the institution in which its employees are trained never to mention their own home countries if the word can possible be avoided — British eurocrats are trained not to say Britain but to say only ‘the country I know best.’ This is why the EU has rigged up the idea of dividing Europe into ‘regions’ which ignore, indeed, erase, national boundaries. This is why, under law, we are all called ‘citizens of the EU’ now. It’s not just a gesture, it’s a fact, and cynical creatures such as Van Rompuy means we should all become ‘citizens of the EU’ in every sense.
WE can’t say we weren’t warned. The day after Van Rompuy was appointed, Paul Belien, a Flemish historian and lawyer, warned readers of the Mail that the newly powerful president of the council was a man ‘devoid of patriotism and contemptuous of democracy.’
Belien has known and observed Van Rompuy since the mid-1980s. He called Van Rompuy ‘a shrewd manipulator, he will do all in his power to further EU integration.’
‘Van Rompuy is a product of the debased, corrupt political life of Belgium. Like the EU, it is an artificial construction, the result of political compromise and experiment.’